Commuting in the new normal setting might really scare you. You have the right to feel that way. After all, we are still under a pandemic. If you don’t have your own car, you’ll still have to take the public transportation. Life goes on as they say. We need to go to work and help the economy. In this post, I’ll give you some tips on how to survive in this pandemic.
1. Wear the right gears.
The Department of Transportation (DOT) requires all public transport passengers to wear face shields aside from face masks. This means that you cannot take a jeepney ride or bus ride unless you are wearing a face mask and a face shield. (Source: Memorandum Circular 2020-014)
2. Bring alcohol or hand sanitizers.
In the Philippine setting, not all transportations use a transportation card. During jeepney rides, you still need to pass some coins from the driver to other passengers. For buses, you still have to pay cash to the fare collector. It’s important that you clean your hands right away to destroy any microbes or virus.
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3. Observe physical distance.
Although there are plastic barriers in between seats, try to choose a chair without a seatmate. Let’s practice the one seat apart. In addition, if you see that the bus is full, don’t get it. Standing is not an option in buses during the new normal.
4. Bring your own pen.
Some buses requires people to input their personal details for contact tracing. This includes the name, place and time they got in the bus, and the destination. I’m not sure if they sanitize the pen that is being passed around, so it’s better that you use your own pen. If QR codes are available, just use your phone to answer the health declaration form.
5. Avoid touching things.
Avoid leaning on the windows, curtains, and even the armrests. If you can’t avoid it, it’s better to bring some wet wipes and clean them first.
For the working class, commuting in the new normal is inevitable. We need to work to put food on the table. Not everyone has an opportunity to work from home. Since commuting puts us at risk, we must do the necessary safety measures to keep us and our loved ones safe.
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